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Review of Neato Botvac Connected Wi-Fi Enabled Robot Vacuum

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Let Neato Botvac Wi-Fi made it possible for Robot do the vacuuming for you. With the Neato app on your smart device, you can begin, schedule, and monitor your cleaning from any place you are. D-shape with CornerClever-exclusive technology gets to where dirt hides-in corners and along walls.

 

Neato Botvac D3 Connected
Neato Botvac D80
Neato Botvac D5 Connected
Neato Botvac Connected
Neato app / Wi-Fi
Self-charging and Auto Charge & Resume
SpinFlow Power Clean
Multi-room Navigation
Scheduling
Brushes Combo Brush Spiral Blade Brush, Combo Brush, Side Brush Combo Brush, Side Brush Spiral Blade Brush, Combo Brush, Side Brush
SmartLife Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Chatbot Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Chatbot Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Chatbot
Filter Standard High performance Ultra Performance Ultra Performance
Battery Lithium-ion NiMh High Capacity Lithium-ion High Capacity Lithium-ion
Area Cleaned 1 cycle = 3 cleaning runs Up to 1800 sq. ft. (60 min / 180 min) Up to 3000 sq. ft. (60 min / 180 min) Up to 4500 sq. ft (90 min / 270 min) Up to 5000 sq. ft. (120 min / 360 min Eco)

PROS:

-Pretty good suction probably comparable to the Roomba 980 (I’ll refer to it as the 980 from now on).
-Nicely sized dirt bin – maybe 25% bigger than the 980.
-Cleans the floors slightly faster than the 980 thanks to it’s very wide brush and more efficient navigation.
-Cleans hard floors and the tops of carpets very well – The 980 struggled with dog hair on carpets.
-Simple yet effective phone app with the ability to manually drive it.
-Improved lithium ion battery gives good run times – 90 minutes on turbo and 120 minutes on eco.
-Good navigation but not perfect. (see below) Overall a more efficient and smarter cleaning path than the 980 but more likely to get stuck.
-Effectively cleans corners and tight along edges thanks to it’s square front end and the brush is only 1/2″ away from the right edge of the robot.
-$200 cheaper than the 980.
-Less harsh sounding than the 980.
-Lights out vacuuming unlike the 980.
-Smoothly and properly follows along walls where the 980 tends to bump along them much more.

CONS:

-Doesn’t dig out the fine powdery dust and dirt from carpets nearly as well as the 980 due to the brush being designed to only skim the very top of floors.
-“ultra high performance” filter impossible to keep clean unlike the 980’s filter. I ordered Neato’s “high performance” filters and they are much easier to clean off with a seperate vacuum.
-No double pass or edge clean off options like the 980.
-More likely to get stuck in tight places and may require more furniture adjustment than 980.
-No option to change how fast it moves but neither does the 980.
-Imperfect navigation may try backing up walls in tight areas and some corners.
-No auto carpet boost like the 980.
-Exhaust blows almost straight back and may blow dust/hair around behind it.
-Can tend to follow along certain walls and chair/table legs multiple times but the 980 does this too.
-Magnetic boundary strips can be pushed around by the vacuum if you don’t tape them to the floor and they’re an eye sore.
-Already noticeable scratches on side of bumper, scratches on glossy finished dirt bin, and one scratch across the top turret. The 980 is more durable when it comes to scratches.
-Less reliable track record than Roomba although I’ve had no mechanical problems with either so far.

Customer Reviews

Botvac Connected

948 people found this helpful
 on November 14, 2015
By RJLReview
I bought this robotic vacuum a couple of weeks ago form a different retailer because Amazon wasn’t stocking them yet. I had heard of robo vacs before, but always just kind of perceived them as a novelty device that couldn’t possibly serve any real function. Many of the reviews of earlier generation vacs supported this view. However I was intrigued and after spending some time researching what was currently on the market I ultimately decided on a Neato due to its apparently more “intelligent” navigation as opposed to the somewhat random logic of the competitors, as well as the cleaning results I had seen from the Botvac D series. I went with the Botvac Connected because I like the idea of communicating with the botvac remotely and because the Connected is the only Neato that comes with a Lithium battery. Plus it was on sale at the time. Initial setup: I picked up the Botvac Connected locally, brought it home, placed it on its charger and paired it to my phone with the installed app.

Botvac Connected vs Roomba 980 vs Xiaomi Mi. Xiaomi Mi wins!

495 people found this helpful
 on November 2, 2015
By jenkins748
PROS: -Pretty good suction probably comparable to the Roomba 980 (I’ll refer to it as the 980 from now on). -Nicely sized dirt bin – maybe 25% bigger than the 980. -Cleans the floors slightly faster than the 980 thanks to it’s very wide brush and more efficient navigation. -Cleans hard floors and the tops of carpets very well – The 980 struggled with dog hair on carpets. -Simple yet effective phone app with the ability to manually drive it. -Improved lithium ion battery gives good run times – 90 minutes on turbo and 120 minutes on eco. -Good navigation but not perfect. (see below) Overall a more efficient and smarter cleaning path than the 980 but more likely to get stuck. -Effectively cleans corners and tight along edges thanks to it’s square front end and the brush is only 1/2″ away from the right edge of the robot. -$200 cheaper than the 980. -Less harsh sounding than the 980. -Lights out vacuuming unlike the 980. -Smoothly and properly follows along walls where the 980 tends to bump along them much more. CONS: -Doesn’t dig out the fine powdery dust and dirt from carpets nearly as well as the 980 due to the brush being designed to only skim the very top of floors.

Great, Efficient, Smart, Good Worker but Expensive and Short Warranty

25 people found this helpful
 on January 16, 2017
By yalcin
First one I ordered came up and kind of noticed some weirdness on the cleaning patterns, went thru my knowledge and made a little research, used about a month but month after it was almost self destroyed; it was hitting walls, corners etc. too many times and too hard that made me aware of something wasn’t right, cleaning patterns weren’t the same as it was advertised and shared in public reviews, month after I finally was able to say that my first order was defective because the intelligence level wasn’t quite there and battery wasn’t lasting enough to complete 2600sqft home vacuuming on turbo mode. Thanks to amazon.com with great customer service, they have replaced my first possible defective order with a new one. As soon as I charged it 24 hours (like I always do on my any device works with rechargeable batteries), I did finish all the settings and gave it a shot. Replacement device’s cleaning patterns looked just right and efficient, battery lasts maybe 3 times longer than the first defective order, it doesn’t miss a spot and vacuums it very well and definitely almost doesn’t bump or hit walls or corners much at all, so intelligence level is on the right spot.

which is great since I travel a bunch

34 people found this helpful
 on May 30, 2016
By Matthew Garrett
It’s a very effective vacuum cleaner, and it’s oddly heartwarming to receive a notification at work telling you that your house has been vacuumed. The bin is large enough for it to run more than once before it needs to be emptied, which is great since I travel a bunch. Works well on both hard floors and carpets, and can deal with my two bedroom apartment without needing to recharge in the process. I also appreciate the eco mode, which reduces power consumption and noise at the cost of it not picking up quite as much – I typically run in eco mode with occasional runs at full power. The network protocol used appears secure. It verifies HTTPS certificates, so it’s not possible to man in the middle the device. Client authentication is also solid, with no obvious flaws there. I’m continuing to work on this, but it’s certainly not vulnerable to attack from casual hackers. Only real downside is the price. You’re paying quite a margin for the connected functionality, and there’s not really a lot there – you can trigger cleaning and you can modify the schedule, but that’s basically all you’re getting.

Does all it says it will; better than expected…with one flaw

11 people found this helpful
 on February 12, 2017
By Amazombie
I LOVE this vacuum. I have 2 larger dogs that shed like a mofo. This, honestly, gets more hair that I do when I vacuum. I’m not very meticulous with my hand pushed so I’m not sure what that says…but after running it and then running my dyson pet after the dyson does not pick up any additional hair; which is pretty amazing considering it costs just about the same and I have to push it myself. There are a few cons I’ll note below, but I didn’t dock stars as it does it job very well and the cons are only slight inconveniences and don’t really affect it’s function. The features are way more advanced that of the the other leading brand so while I considered giving 4 starts I decided it gets that 5th for being more feature rich and about 2/3 the cost. Cons: Says it will do 5000 square feet…i have no idea where that came from, battery is dead after about 500; it does go recharge and finish cleaning but if it had to do that 10 times you are looking at about 40 hours to clean 5000 square feet (one hour cleaning and 3 hrs charging for each recharge)…I did consider docking a star for this, because I really dislike misleading descriptions.

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